PC Magazine Awards Microsoft for Innovation in Software

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 13, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it was honored for innovation in software at PC Magazine’s 18th Annual Technical Excellence Awards presented at COMDEX Fall 2001 in Las Vegas. Visual Studio® .NET, Microsoft’s comprehensive tool for creating XML Web services and applications, was singled out in the development tools category for its technical superiority. The award represents yet another milestone on the road to the release of Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET.

“This is truly a significant milestone for Visual Studio .NET,” said Eric Rudder, senior vice president of the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft. “This has been an unprecedented product cycle, with more than 2.5 million customers beta testing, and input from across the industry. To come to COMDEX and be acknowledged by PC Magazine for our technical innovation makes us very proud.”

Visual Studio .NET is on target to be released before the end of the year. Delivering an unparalleled advantage to integrate new and existing components while taking advantage of the diversity of programming languages and tools professional developers use today, Visual Studio .NET will enable developers to be at the forefront of the XML Web services revolution.
Visual Studio 6.0, the previous version of the product, won PC Magazine’s Technical Excellence Award in 1999.

PC Magazine’s Technical Excellence Awards are in their 18th year of honoring outstanding new technologies and concepts, as well as major advances in existing product categories. Awards are presented in nine categories in conjunction with the annual COMDEX Fall global information technology trade show. This year’s winners were presented in a ceremony held on Monday, Nov. 12, at COMDEX Fall 2001 in Las Vegas. A complete list of winners can be found at http://www.pcmag.com/ .

About Visual Studio .NET

Visual Studio .NET is Microsoft’s rapid application development (RAD) tool for building next-generation Web applications and XML Web services. Visual Studio .NET empowers developers to rapidly design broad-reach Web applications for any device and any platform. In addition, Visual Studio .NET is fully integrated with the Microsoft .NET Framework, providing support for multiple programming languages and automatically handling many common programming tasks, freeing developers to rapidly create Web applications using their language of choice. Visual Studio .NET includes a single IDE with RAD features for building Web applications and middle-tier business logic, and RAD XML designers for working with data. More information about Visual Studio .NET can be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/ .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower the people through great software – any time, any place and on any device.

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